18 days in Russia Itinerary

18 days in Russia Itinerary

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18 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  11​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
2
Vyborg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Suzdal
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 15​min
7
Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Muscat

3
nights
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some cultural insight at The Bath Block and Erarta Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sobor Petra I Pavla and Neva Embankments. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg route planning tool .

Muscat, Oman to St. Petersburg is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Muscat in September: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vyborg.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

1
night
Vyborg

Vyborg ©
Vyborg, a town and the administrative center of Vyborgsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130km to the northwest of St. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Vyborg Castle.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vyborg online trip builder .

Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Vyborg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Vyborg

Historic Sites
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Vyborg Castle ©
Vyborg Castle

1
night
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vyborg to Veliky Novgorod takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
Yaroslav’s Courtyard ©
Yaroslav’s Courtyard

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Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like B-413 Submarine Museum and Museum of the World Ocean. Get some historical perspective at Konigsberg Cathedral and Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaliningrad: Zelenogradsk (Zelenogradsk Promenade & MURARIUM Art-Collection of Cats). Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Curonian Spit National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, meet the residents at Kaliningrad Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Bunker Museum.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zelenogradsk
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B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral
Konigsberg Cathedral
Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum

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nights
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl ©
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. John the Baptist Church and Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Elijah the Prophet and The Resurrection Church on the Debra. Get out of town with these interesting Yaroslavl side-trips: State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin (in Rostov), Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya (in Budikhino) and Kostroma (Monastery of st Ipaty, Museum of Wooden Architecture, & more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, admire the local landmark of Strelka Fountains, and see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yaroslavl trip planner .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Yaroslavl in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Yaroslavl due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Suzdal.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kostroma, Rostov, Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords, Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya
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Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment

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Suzdal

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then have fun and explore at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikolsky Women's Monastery. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Boris and Gleb, and finally examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Suzdal trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Suzdal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Vladimir, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Nikolsky Women's Monastery
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Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

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Moscow

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve are in your itinerary. Armoury Chamber and State Tretyakov Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. When in Moscow, make a side trip to see Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy, approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), and admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Moscow day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Suzdal to Moscow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Moscow, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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